Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept reveals Transparent Bonnet virtual imaging concept

Article by Andrew Christian, on April 9, 2014

As you may know already, Land Rover will debut the Discovery Vision Concept at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. Today, Land Rover revealed the fact that the new concept will also mark the debut of the see-through bonnet, which uses augmented reality technology in order to give the driver a proper view of the road.

This means that the front of the car is virtually invisible. How does this work? Using cameras that are located in the vehicle’s front grille that captures data in order to feed a Head-Up Display. In this way, the system creates a ‘see-through’ view of the terrain through the bonnet and engine bay.

Dubbed Transparent Bonnet, the new technology promises to take Land Rover’s capability to the next level and enables the driver to climb a steep incline and see not only the terrain in the front of the car but also the angle and position of the front wheels.

According to Dr. Wolfgang Apple a.k.a. Director of Research and Technology for Jaguar Land Rover, this technology can also be useful in urban areas.

The new Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept will be revealed on 16th of April and as expected, it previews a design vision for a future family of premium SUVs. Land Rover is preparing a smaller model to replace the current Freelander, which will use a stretched version of the Evoque’s platform. Meanwhile, a bigger Discovery 5 will get the same platform used by the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models.

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